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Sand Dune Meadow; A Plea for Stewardship in Gardening

Our beautiful barrier islands have been landscaped beyond recognition. Typical “landscapes” seem designed to demonstrate that people can dominate nature. We can. We do. For a moment in time. But in making and keeping up typical landscapes, we’re doing harm to the life on the islands, in the soil and in the water. We can… Read More

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Hibiscus 'Raspberry Rose' and Crinum 'Mo'Pon'.  Picture taken one summer after I did the planting.

Plants for Deep South Meadows

You know those meadows that you see in magazines?  The ones that beckon pick-nickers with knee high whispering grasses and painterly masses of wildflowers?  The kind of meadow you might skip through, roll in, take off your shirt and nap with your dog in? In the Deep South, we only have those in calendars and… Read More

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Meadow Garden

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Tony Carr, an artist from North Augusta, designed and made the copper screen, which emulates a fountain and blocks a view of a close house.                   For garden design or consulting contact us via phone or email.

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30 Years of Garden Design in the South

Jenks Farmer challenges and southern garden design. He’s been a leader in public and private gardens for the past 30 years. Jenks will share photos spanning 30 years of design work. And address how his style and garden design in general has changed. From 80’s style, perennial border artifice to more relaxed styles incorporating heirloom… Read More

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Crinum List for AZH

C. x eboracii in graveyard C. x herbertii (Tulsa Collection) in field.  Milk and Wine Lily Crinum ‘Bradley’ C. species in Madagascar swamp C. Bradley close up & in meadow C. procerum C. asiaticum C. ‘Queen Emma’ purple leaf with Tom, in container & wrapped for winter. PROPAGATION C. bulbispermum seed C. americanum seed floating… Read More

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Plants & Problems of Wild Gardens

Naturalist Gardening Examples & Plants Where we are on the map.  Walter’s climatic diagrams. What our woods look like. Echaw Creek, SC via Coastal Expeditions Inc. Bushhog Borders; Large grasses  Erianthus ravennae, Juncus, Mulenbergia capillaris, Panicum, Spartina.  Perennials Aster carolinanus, Conoclinium, Crinum bulbispermum, Hibiscus coccinus, Oenothera. Overseeded with clover, Linaria canadensis, Ratibida. Coppiced Shrubs Salix,… Read More

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Trends in Foodscaping

“Over the past decades, our plant pallet changed in ways other than you might expect. Plant explorers and breeders bring new plants into nurseries. They, as well as garden designers, decorators and all sorts of cultural leaders, become the tastemakers, slowly changing which plants we can get hold of…..One slow, huge change, tracks our shift… Read More

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Columbia, SC

Cool Gardens and Landscape Design in the South

How do we push beyond the rich history of gardens in South Carolina to make beautiful modern spaces that still capture our unique climate? Jenks Farmer has designed gardens like Riverbanks as well as crazy modernistic gardens, children’s gardens, farms and even natural meadows.  His own garden is an enhanced farm, right outside of Aiken…. Read More

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